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Health

Health Commission

After the Congress on Religious Life in 2004, the Unions of Superiors General of men ( USG) and of women Institutes ( UISG) decided to set up study commissions in different areas.  Among these, the Health Commission was established.  It is composed of 10 – 12 members coming from the General Curia of various Institutes. 

After studying the various problems challenging the Consecrated Life, the Commission decided to give priority to the pandemic of HIV-AIDS and appointed a working group to reflect on and identify strategies for action in this area.

Since 2005, the Commission has undertaken several initiatives to establish a network of Institutes that deal with the AIDS problem in education, health and pastoral care. 

It is desired that the Health Commission widen its field of attention to cover other topics which are of interest to Consecrated Life, thus facilitate reflection and sharing of experiences and studies in fields of involvement of the different Religious Institutes. 

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Presentation of the World Day of the Sick

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maladoHEALTH - This morning in the Holy See Press Office a press conference was held to present the 24th World Day of the Sick, to be celebrated in Nazareth in the Holy Land on 11 February, feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes, on the theme "Entrusting oneself to the merciful Jesus like Mary: 'Do whatever he tells you'”, based on the account...

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Healthcare and support services must extend to asylum seekers to Australia

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CRAL logo 150HEALTH - In a media release on 26 October, Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) welcomed the offer of trauma-related counselling and practical support from the Australian Bishops to Abyan and to other women in similar horrific situations and echoed the call for an end to refugee detention. Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) welcomes...

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Saskatchewan Catholics called to 'Be not afraid' in battling euthanasia

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bishopHEALTH - Saskatchewan’s bishops are urging the province’s Catholics to raise their voices in defence of life and human dignity for all. The bishops, in a Pastoral Letter to the Catholic Faithful on the Legalization of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia, encourage Catholics to follow St. John Paul’s exhortation to “Be not afraid” in standing up for...

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Portugal: "Strengthening religious support to the sick"

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HEALTH - The National Coordination of Hospital Chaplaincies (CNCH), together with the respective heads of Portuguese dioceses, aims to strengthen the quality of the spiritual and religious assistance to the sick. In a statement, the Catholic agency stressed the need for this service to become "an essential part of a wider and... 

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Claretians organize medical mission for Basilan’s Bajaus

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CLARET-SAMAL-FOUNDATIONHEALTH - Seeing the Bajaus’ need for medical attention, the Claretian Missionaries in Basilan have recently organized a medical mission for them. The Claretians gathered around 400 Bajaus and some settlers to avail of the free services during the medical mission on May 29 in Brgy. Townsite in Maluso, Basilan. Bro. Nicer Natulla, CMF of the Claret Samal Foundation...

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World malaria day: More political commitment and funding still needed

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HEALTH - The fight against malaria must be taken to the “next level” in order for the disease to be successfully eliminated, the United Nations health agency said today amid calls for the international community to urgently address the gaps in malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment. In a press release, the World Health Organization (WHO)...
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Mexico - "The wheelchair does not determine who I am"

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salesHEALTH - "Serving people who are in need with love and tenderness, helps us to grow in humanity, because they are true resources of humanity," said Pope Francis, addressing some sick and disabled children at Assisi. Attention to disabled people, caring for their welfare, their growth and the contribution they can make to society is a constant concern of the Salesian Family...

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Micro insurance makes healthcare possible for India’s poor

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indiaHEALTH - It’s one of the world’s fastest growing economies but India still lags behind so-called developed countries in terms of good hygiene and health care.  According to Healing Fields, a non-profit organization that helps the poor access medical care in India, only 52% of Indian women have safe deliveries and one out of every 15 children...

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Canada Supreme Court: Catholic schools have right to teach Church views

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supreme courtpreviewEDUCATION - Canada’s Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that Catholic schools in Quebec must be allowed to teach from a Catholic viewpoint during a state-mandated religion and ethics class. “To tell a Catholic school how to explain its faith undermines the liberty of the members of its community who have chosen to give effect to the collective dimension...

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Emergency Air Evacuation Service

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HEALTH - AMREF Flying Doctors (AFD) is part of Amref Health Africa and it is mandated to offer medical emergency air and ground evacuation service worldwide. Having been formed in 1957; AMREF Flying Doctors is one of the oldest emergency evacuation organizations in the world. We were selected late last year as the international air ambulance...

 

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Sierra Leone - Post-Ebola: we share responsibility

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ebola orphansHEALTH - "Ebola Orphans in Africa:  the work and sacrifice of the Salesians". This is the title of an article by Blanca Ruiz published by the agency Aciprensa. In it Fr Jorge Crisafulli, Provincial of the Salesians in English-speaking West Africa, reports on the work of the Salesians and the young people who are taking care of the centre for orphans.

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Sierra Leone - The Archbishop of Freetown: how we are beating Ebola

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ebola4HEALTH - "Sierra Leone is on its knees but hope is growing day by day," Archbishop Edward Tamba Charles of Freetown told the Agency MISNA. His country was the hardest hit by the epidemic of Ebola, with 3,000 confirmed deaths and over 10,000 cases of infection. But now, as confirmed by the latest figures from the World Health Organization...

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African church leaders worry about the ‘medicalization’ of female genital mutilation

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nairobiHEALTH - International rights groups, churches and activists are escalating campaigns against female genital mutilation now that a new practice has emerged in which girls are checking into hospitals to have the procedure. In what being referred to as the medicalization of FGM, doctors, nurses and other health practitioners are secretly performing the procedures...

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The Holy See expresses gratitude to local Churches in Africa fighting Ebola

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MESSAGES - In a document entitled, "The enhanced commitment of the Catholic Church in combating the spread of Ebola," The Holy See has expressed its appreciation to local Churches in Africa who are at the epicentre of the Ebola emergency. The Holy See is also making a financial contribution which will be accessible to communities in parishes...

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Nobel laureate: Ebola education must begin at home

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LeymahGboweepreviewHEALTH - A decade after the end of Liberia's long and bloody civil war, Ebola has become the country's new scourge. The disease, which has already killed 2,964 Liberians and infected approximately 7,000 citizens, has exposed the inability of its government to deal with it, Nobel laureate Leymah Gbowee said. The virus has challenged the peace and progress of Liberia...

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GERMANY - "Always on the side of the sick"

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finevitapHEALTH - The discussion on the themes of end-of-life and assisted suicide is addressed with renewed attention by the German Catholic environment. The case of Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old woman from the US affected by terminal cancer who took her own life a few days ago, contributed to reviving the debate. Lay German and Austrian associations are actively...

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KENYA - Bishops reaffirm: "tetanus vaccination is a program of population control in disguise"

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KCCB 2013previewHEALTH - The Bishops of Kenya reiterate their accusations on the campaign of vaccination against tetanus which, they say, hides a program of population control (see Fides 17/10/2014); they also denounce the lack of security in different parts of the Country. In a statement published on 6 November at the end of their Plenary Assembly, sent to Agenzia Fides, they write...

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Filipino Comboni: Ebola is a call to mission for Africa

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ebola4HEALTH - "Ebola is affecting the poorest people and the poorest continent. This is why there is a call for the mission to be present in Africa: to collaborate with the government, to work on the formation of the people and to aid the families affected by the disease," says Fr. Miguel Llamanzares, delegation superior of the Comboni Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus (MCCJ) in Asia...

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Liberia - Ebola: the situation in Matadi

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ebola2HEALTH - The director of the Salesian "Don Bosco Youth Centre," Fr Nicola Ciarapica, sent to ANS an update on the situation in the district of Matadi, in Monrovia, where the Ebola virus continues to claim victims in the midst of fear, indifference, mistrust and poverty. "First of all, I thank the Lord who hears the prayers of so many and who has protected us from the contagion until now...

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Ebola: Thousands Of Volunteers Fighting The Epidemic

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ebolaHEALTH - Thousands of volunteers are training in Sierra Leone ahead of a door to door health campaign to be held from September 18 to 21, said to MISNA Father Joseph Turay, rector of the University of Makeni and member of a panel of experts for the fight against the Ebola epidemic. “It is a very difficult and even controversial attempt, due to the inadequacy...

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Nigeria - Salesians Combat Ebola Outbreak - A sanitary challenge with social stigma

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ebolaHEALTH - By August 28 the media had spread much information about the damage that Ebola is causing in many countries of the African continent. Father Jorge Crisafuli Provincial of West African region has sent a detailed report of the situation in these countries and the involvement of the Salesians with the Ebola affected people. The statistics show that the situation...

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